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Google Abandons Windows 10-Style Convergence Project Andromeda

Andromeda was a hybrid OS that would merge Chrome OS with Android, in an analogous way to Windows 10 on PC and Mobile. However, it seems Google has killed the project and will press ahead with a new OS.

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If you have never heard of 's project, it was the company's effort to merge Chrome OS with . This would allow a unified ecosystem across all devices. However, it appears Google is now killing Andromeda, or at least making significant changes to the operating system.

We have seen Google's main rivals embrace the idea of software unification. Convergence has certainly been a driving factor behind 's . One OS is now what the company is pushing for, offering the same experience across mobile, desktop, HoloLens, and Xbox.

While Microsoft has arguably been the most successful at this platform synergy, has also been seeking convergence. The company's iOS and are getting closer and will continue to do so.

Google also wanted to develop more convergence with Andromeda. That now seems to be dead, although we doubt Mountain View has completely abandoned the idea of merging Chrome OS with Android.

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9to5 Google reports that sources claim Andromeda has been halted. The outlets Stephen Hall sent out the following tweet:

“So yeah, got a second source on this now: Andromeda was shelved. Some of the work being moved to other things, though. Trying to learn more.”

One of the most interested angles in this story is that Google has much planned for Andromeda. For example, the company was reportedly readying new tablets and a laptop. It is assumed the hardware has also been shelved.

Andromeda and the future

The unification of Google's platforms would have been the company bringing Chrome OS capabilities to Android, and not the other way. Of course, this would have allowed the mobile platform to have more desktop-oriented capabilities.

It seems Google has not dropped its plans for OS convergence. Instead, Hall says the company will now switch to Fuchsia. This is a separate project which will now pick up the baton and be a successor to Andromeda.

What we know about Fuchsia so far is that it's a completely new operating system. It is not a hybrid convergence of Chrome OS and Android, but a new platform that will work across devices. It is worth noting that Fuchsia is thought to be in the early experimental stage.

With that in mind, we don't expect to see Google's convergence plans reach fruition for some time.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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